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August 20, 2015 , By BlabberCat

Will Calcutta be free of waste paper?

Will Calcutta be free of waste paper?

Calcutta is not unfamiliar with young graduates taking to entrepreneurship and working towards building a better world to live in. In a growing trend, students studying abroad bring with them exposure, global trends, wider perspectives and confidence to think bigger and be the change they wish for. Among myriad new start-ups and initiatives, there’s one basic but very significant issue, raised three young Calcuttans that stands out – For The Environment.

 

FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:

For The Environment is a recycling initiative which aims at raising awareness about recycling
wasted paper within students and other citizens. The main objectives are to minimise the paper waste generated and inculcate the habit of recycling within students and other citizens. To achieve this, the program is designed as an Inter-School competition. This initiative took place on 13th July and ended on 7th August, during which weekly pick ups were arranged, every Friday, in each school.

 

The paper waste collected is donated to South Asian Forum for Environment – SAFE’s waste management program- Resolve ‘Trash to Cash’. Resolve ‘Trash to Cash’ is a social endeavour which focuses on solid waste management and provides an alternative livelihood for poor slum dwellers and marginal women waste recycling and imparting training on paper mache art.

 

The participating schools are Modern High School for Girls, La Martiniere for Boys, Don Bosco Park Circus, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Birla High School for Boys, Sushila Birla Girls School, The Heritage School, Akshar and Disha Foundation. This program is sponsored Collegify and

 

Polypacks and supported SAFE.

 

 

BlabberCat caught up with the initiators of the programme:

 

Pragya Saboo

 

Modern High School for Girls ’12

B.S Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, Georgia Tech ’16

 

Megha Bengani

 

Modern High School for Girls ’12

St. Xaviers’ College, B.Com Hons. ’15

 

Vivek Dinodia

 

La Martiniere for Boys ’12

B.A Economics, Princeton University ’17

 

“We started this to raise awareness about recycling in Kolkata. After researching, we observed that only about one-tenth of the generated waste of 5,732 tonnes was recycled, and there was almost no practice of waste segregation at source. We wanted to change that, and that is how we came up with the this idea. We were very fortunate that it was well received and has converted to a long term project for most of the participating schools, we plan to now incorporate offices, residential complexes and inculcate the habit of recycling and care for the environment within the community ,” chorused the super trio.

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